Around 1,000 people attended the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Bucharest on Sunday, March 17. The participants, many of whom wore green hats, wigs, glasses, or dressed from head to toe in green, marched from the Romanian Athenaeum, to Calea Victoriei, and stopped in the Old Town, where a concert to celebrate the day was organized. Ten trucks decorated with Irish symbols also joined the parade. Irish dance and pipe music, as well as Romanian traditional dance joined in for the Irish celebrations in Bucharest.
The Sunday parade was part of a series of Irish celebrations in Bucharest, which included a ball, a concert featuring young Irish artists, as well as having the famous People’s Palace lit in green over the weekend.
Two more events will come today (March 18 ) and tomorrow (March 19):
Monday, March 18
19:00 – Classical Music Concert – Vyvienne Long and Adagio String Quartet – at the Anglican Church
Tuesday, March 19
19:00 – Gala concert with Irish soprano and tenor Florin Ormenisan Patricia Brady, Military Orchestra at the Cercul Militar
Saint Patrick’s Day, the national Irish day, has been celebrated with street events around the world by over 80 million people. The Irish diaspora took St Patrick’s day celebrations with them and over the last few hundred years, the day has been marked by events around the world. The biggest event is the New York St Patrick’s Day parade, which was first held in 1762, 14 years before the US declaration of independence, by a group of homesick Irish soldiers serving with the British army.
(photo source: Irish Embassy to Bucharest Facebook page, photo by Silviu Tudor)